SATURDAY, JUNE 01, 2013
Chris Anderson Drawing First Round MLB Draft Projections
Dolphins ace expected to be a late first round pick by several national scouting experts
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – With the 2013 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft is just a week away Jacksonville ace Chris Anderson continues to draw attention from several national scouting experts. Anderson is being projected as a late first round selection, earning recognition as one of the top 10 pitchers in the draft.
MLB.com draft expert Jonathan Mayo ranks him as the 16th best prospect and raves about his strong campaign this spring.
'There might not have been another college arm who shot up Draft boards more than this Jacksonville University ace during the spring. His rise slowed a bit with some struggles, perhaps caused by fatigue, in April. But he still has the size, stuff and command to potentially be a frontline starter at the highest level.'
PerfectGame.org ranked him as high as the 27th best prospect in the nation earlier this spring and the top draft prospect from the state of Florida. The website summed up Anderson’s profile by saying:
‘Anderson was a virtual unknown coming out of a Minnesota high school in 2010 and hardly raised his profile during his first two years at Jacksonville. He began to attract scout’s attention last summer in the Cape Cod League and vaulted into first round status early this spring when his fastball was topping out at 96 mph to go with a present plus slider.’
Baseball America has Anderson tagged as the No. 45 ranked prospect and Jim Callis projected him as going as high as No. 19 to the St. Louis Cardinals in the magazine’s annual draft preview. The ninth ranked right-hander pitcher in the magazine, the publication touts him as:
‘Big and physical whose performance has improved significantly through his college career, as he has boosted his strikeouts, cut his walks and become more consistent across the board.’
Dave Perkin of SI.com also projected Anderson at No. 19 in a May 10 Mock Draft commenting:
‘St. Louis has a stable of excellent young pitchers and Anderson, who has created late spring buzz in the scouting community with his quality stuff and precise command, could be the next in that group.’
Anderson’s A-Sun best 101 strikeouts this season were 21 more than any pitcher in the league and ranked him 24th in the nation. He compiled a 2.49 earned run average in 104.2 innings while limiting hitters to a .231 batting average.
The 2013 Draft takes places June 6-8. Day 1 of the draft features the first two rounds, as well as two new Competitive Balance rounds. Coverage begins with the preview show at 6 PM on the MLB Network, followed by the two full rounds and two shorter rounds. Day 2 and Day 3 will feature rounds 3-10 and 11-40, and won't be broadcast on television, but via conference call on MLB.com.
Check out more projections on Anderson Here:
Chris Crawford of MLB Draft Insider
John Sickels of SB Nation's Minor League Baseball Blog
Kiley McDaniel of Scout.com